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A cheque for 100 pounds, signed by Charles Dickens and sent as a gift to his sons in Australia - but never cashed - at the National Library of Australia's Treasures Gallery.

A cheque for 100 pounds, signed by Charles Dickens and sent as a gift to his sons in Australia - but never cashed - at the National Library of Australia's Treasures Gallery. Photo: Colleen Petch

It is not too late to register for the Read Around Canberra book club for 2013. The club began in 2002 and each year a Canberra writer leads groups in a fascinating series of 10 in-depth literary discussions.

In 2013 you can join Canberra writer, poet and teacher Susan Hampton in thought-provoking discussions of the following popular books: Foal's Bread by Gillian Mears, Canada by Richard Ford, Being There by Jerzy Kosinski and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Other titles include Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts by Wislawa Szymborska and A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor. The program will commence in March 2013. Canberrans can register at their local library or complete the registration form online at library.act.gov.au. Books are supplied by Libraries ACT and a fee of $130 is payable in advance.

 

GEORGE HICKS

There is still time to throw your hat in the ring for the Australian Book Review George Hicks Foundation Fellowship, which is worth $5000. The ABR is seeking applications for the fellowship. It wants a lucid, cogent article of 7000-8000 words on the visual arts, either a profile of a major artist or a discursive, art-themed essay, which will appear in the next Art issue, to be published in July 2013. Applicants must send in a succinct but comprehensive proposal of between two and three pages in length, and a CV of no more than two pages. All published Australian writers are eligible to apply. Applications close January 20, 2013. For more details, see australianbookreview.com.au.

 

SELF DISCOVERY

The celebrated author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, will be in Australia in January to talk about life after her bestselling book. She will speak at the ANU/NLA Canberra Times literary event, in conversation with the former literary editor of The Canberra Times, Gia Metherell, on January 10 at 6pm. The talk will take place at the The National Library of Australia Theatre. Bookings: 6262 1271 or see nla.gov.au/bookings.

 

HOME OF BOOKS

The National Library of Australia is conducting a free, volunteer-guided tour of the Treasures Gallery today from 10.30am-11am. It is an opportunity to come face-to-face with some of the library's greatest treasures and Australia's greatest stories. It includes early maps, books, and documents such as a cheque written by Charles Dickens (pictured).The guided tours assemble outside the gallery. The National Library of Australia is open from 10am until 5pm.

Litbits submissions should arrive by 9am on Wednesday to be considered for publication. litbits@canberratimes.com.au